Objective measurements of activity patterns in people with newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes demonstrate a sedentary lifestyle

Diabet Med. 2013 Sep;30(9):1063-6. doi: 10.1111/dme.12199. Epub 2013 Apr 20.


Aims: To evaluate physical activity in people with newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes using objective measures.

Methods: We analysed data from a study aimed at assessing carotid femoral pulse wave velocity in which a piezoelectric accelerometer was worn by 100 people with newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes and by 100 age- and sex-matched control subjects. Differences in physical activity patterns were investigated.

Results: Compared with the control group, the people with Type 2 diabetes spent significantly more time engaged in sedentary or lower level activities during the day, with a mean (sd) time of 926 (44) vs 898 (70) min, P < 0.001). This difference remained significant after correction for differences in BMI between the two groups.

Conclusions: Using objective measurements, our findings demonstrate that people with newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes have a more sedentary lifestyle compared with well-matched controls.

MeSH terms

  • Actigraphy
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Aged
  • Body Mass Index
  • Denmark
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / complications
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motor Activity
  • Overweight / complications
  • Sedentary Behavior*